(Topic ID: 79679)

Mad Magazine Pinball Machine

By ahdelarge

5 years ago

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  • Latest reply 5 years ago by Pinball-is-great
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    #1 5 years ago

    Hi all,
    every lunch time at work, I speak to a very passionate collector of Mad Magazine memorabilia. I find it interesting on two levels. As a kid, I collected every issue and it seems that my friend at work has the same rabid passion for everything Mad as I do pinball collecting. I started asking why there hadn't been a Mad pinball machine made over the years and then discovered on ipdb that Data East started making one, but the project was cancelled. So many possibilities with all the artwork and different modes.

    Does anyone have any trace of the Mad Magazine pinball machine or has anything seen the light of day in collector circles?


    #2 5 years ago

    As a child I wanted to legally change my name .... but only when playing the board game.

    The theme is 20 years or so too old IMHO. But would be very fun to play. I just do not think it would draw in the crowd they are targeting lately.

    #3 5 years ago

    To my knowledge it was just the playfield drawing and a mad version of "Rudy from Funhouse" face was made(along with other parts). Don't believe it made it past that stage.

    #4 5 years ago

    Hey Adam,I use to collect Mad Mag's too. I still have hundreds of them from the late 50's to around the early 2000's. My son reads them now and he now collects the newer ones as well as a lot of my old doubles. I can't remember exact dates anymore but I still have a straight set including Super Specials from the around the end of the 60's until I lost interest in collecting them around the year 2000. I couldn't walk past an old book store without going right through the place.
    I'm planning on a meet some time in the coming months, if you can make it down to Albury then I'll show you. Hopefully I'll have the Genie by then and you'll have to see the Flash Gordon, it plays great.

    #5 5 years ago

    I always thought MAD magazine would be a good theme too. Spy vs. Spy, kaputnik, Arthur, the zeppelin, etc. I've got 8 boxes full of old MADs, plus all the paperbacks, other books, and a ton of paraphernalia related to MAD. I stopped buying new issues a couple years ago as they just aren't funny to me anymore and all of the anthology books that are released are just the same rehashes of the old classics. When William Gaines passed, I think the writing on was on the wall that it wouldn't be the same.

    #6 5 years ago

    I think I have an embroidered patch made by Data East.

    And I believe it's featured in the PGJ Calendar

    #7 5 years ago

    +1 would be a great theme

    #8 5 years ago

    I loved that mag as a kid.

    #9 5 years ago

    I still have a subscription! Would love a pin...

    #10 5 years ago

    Sadly this is probably the closest we will ever come to the real thing.

    John P. Dayhuff
    Battle Creek, Mi.

    #11 5 years ago

    Sega made a Mad themed slot in the 60's. Three different versions were made. http://www.collectmad.com/collectibles/sloth.htm

    #13 5 years ago

    Data East did a Whitewood but it got scraped.


    "Never produced past a whitewood, never programmed, only translites and the "Rudy" head exist.

    Joe Kaminkow stated at the Chicago Expo 2012 that Gary Stern did not produce this game over his own concerns that it wouldn't sell in the German market. No further explanation was given."

    #14 5 years ago

    I said this a while back on the forum, that Mad pinball would make a great theme for a machine.

    #15 5 years ago

    The machine looks interesting.

    #16 5 years ago

    I was a big Don Martin fan. Hilarious stuff!

    #17 5 years ago

    Could be some very cool unique toys for a Spy -vs- Spy pinball machine.
    Lots of ideas to choose from.

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